Sunday, June 10, 2012 'Harlem Quartet joins the Chicago Sinfonietta' June 16; New Cedille CD Planned

[The Harlem Quartet]

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By Annie Alleman For Sun-Times Media June 7, 2012
Special guest star The Harlem Quartet joins the Chicago Sinfonietta for its final performance of the season at North Central College.
The orchestra will do a world premier of a new arrangement of...Bernstein’s “West Side Story,” sponsored by the Bernstein estate, at the 8 p.m. June 16 performance in North Central College’s Wentz Concert Hall in Naperville.
This will be her first time working with The Harlem Quartet, who are Ilmar Gavilan and Melissa White, violin; Juan-Miguel Hernandez, viola; and Paul Wiancko, cello. The quartet returns to the Sinfonietta for Michael Abels’ “Delights and Dances.”
Also on the docket is Benjamin Lees’ “Concerto for String Quartet and Orchestra.” The quartet is the heart beat of the piece, she said. While the Abels piece might be a crowd-pleaser, Chen called this the “ultimate musical test.”
After the concert series, the Chicago Sinfonietta and Harlem Quartet will continue their partnership and record a new album for Cedille Records, to be released in spring 2013. It is the first commercial album by the orchestra in 10 years and is also Chen’s first recording.
The album will include Lees’ Concerto, Abels’ “Delights and Dances” and Fleischer’s arrangement of “West Side Story.”

[The Harlem Quartet is an ensemble of the Sphinx Organization, which was founded in 1996 by violinist Aaron P. Dworkin,, who is profiled at

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